Restaurant vouchers: soon the roof dropped from 38 to 29 euros?

Restaurant vouchers: soon the roof dropped from 38 to 29 euros?

The National Commission for Restaurant Vouchers (CNTR) wants the ceiling of 29 euros to be made permanent in restaurants. OceanProd / Adobe Stock

It had been doubled in June 2020, from 19 to 38 euros, to support restaurateurs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In the last two years, the spending limit for meal vouchers has doubled, from € 19 to € 38 per day. A measure initially implemented to support restaurateurs in the face of Covid-19. With the planned end approaching, June 30, his fate has not yet been decided by the government. “No decision has yet been made“, We say to Bercy. On the table there is the trace of a lowering of the roof to 29 euros in restaurants – while it would remain at 19 euros in supermarkets.

This was proposed by the National Commission for Restaurant Vouchers (CNTR), in a letter sent to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. A ceiling of 29 euros for restaurateurs that aims to make it sustainable. “Bercy informs us that the matter is being studied through the DGCCRF (Directorate General for Competition, Consumers and Fraud Prevention, ed)“, Says the Figaro Romain Vidal, general secretary of GNI Paris Île-de-France and representative of the restaurateur at the CNTR.

If the Commission has not received any feedback for the moment, it is hoped that its proposal will be accepted. “All the measures we have proposed since 2020 have been maintained by Bercy“, Underlines the union representative. The three extensions of the support system, decided in the last two years, were in fact favored by the CNTR.

Towards the end of the weekend of use

The lowering of the daily spending ceiling would have been pushed by the issuers of meal vouchers (Edenred, Sodexo, UpDéjeuner, etc.), according to Romain Vidal. “They find that the amount of 38 euros is too high compared to the amount used every day“, he explains. The CNTR, made up of representatives of broadcasters, restaurateurs, employers and employees, has agreed on a ceiling that is in any case ten euros higher than the classic ceiling (29 euros against 19 euros).

Or an amount sufficient to allow “employees to eat at the restaurant during their lunch break, and not just a croque-monsieur“Says the spokesman for the restaurateurs. Especially since the note tends to go up now, due to inflation. “All costs have gone up»Justifies Romain Vidal. Restaurateurs want a higher cap, as they have seen the impact of the € 38 cap on their customers’ average fare.

From 1 July, however, it should no longer be possible to use meal vouchers on weekends and public holidays. “Everyone agrees to stop this measure: it only served to run out of food vouchers“, Underlines Romain Vidal. However, Bercy had made it known in February, on the occasion of the last extension of the doubling, that this possibility had been extended “for one last time“.

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